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Oliver Lake

Holding Together

Black Saint 120009-2

Item: full_album_8024709042323_CD

Artists :
Michael G. Jackson ( Acoustic and electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, percussion, vocal )
Paul Maddox ( Drums, Percussion )
Oliver Lake ( Alto, Soprano & Tenor Sax, Flute )
Fred Hopkins ( Bass )
Release date
Dec 28, 1976
Duration
0:38:38

All music written by Oliver Lake, except "Ballad" (Michael G. Jackson). As evidenced by his work with the renowned World Saxophone Quartet, alto saxman Oliver Lake knows how to create challenging, complex, experimental jazz. HOLDING TOGETHER, released in 1976, provides more of the same, though the proceedings here have a distinct chamber-jazz feel. Characterized by their use of space, subtle instrumental interchange, and lack of steady backbeat (the percussion on the album is remarkably quiet and used to create accents), Lake's compositions have an almost ambient feel at times. As a player, Lake only flirts with straight melody (the bop-like head of "Hasan," for example, and the gorgeous "Ballad"), opting more often to employ rhythmic figures and rapid, conversational voicings that blend in with the other instruments. Michael G. Jackson lends color with his electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, and vocals, while the rhythm section of Fred Hopkins (bass) and Paul Maddox (drums) keep things alternately tense and languid. Radically free, yet evocative and engaging, HOLDING TOGETHER (the title is apt--the music seems bound only by the loosest threads at times) is like the soundtrack to a night of restless, nervous dreams. Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, New York in March 1976. Personnel: Oliver Lake (alto & soprano saxophone, flute, percussion), Michael G. Jackson (acoustic & electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, percussion, vocal), Fred Hopkins (bass), Paul Maddox (drums, percussion).

Reviews

Oliver Lake – Holding Together

Saksofoncu Oliver Lake’in 1976 yılı session’ı olan Together albümünde müzis-yene basta Fred Hopkins, davulda Paul Maddox, gitar, vokal ve tüm telli enstrümanlarda Michael G.Jackson eşlik ediyor. WSQ’ten tanıdığımız müzisyen bu albümde çok ciddi anlamda kafasına göre takılmış ve ortaya çıkan iş mükemmel. Özellikle Usta B şarkısında Michael G.Jackson’ın flütle yaptığı uzun girişin ardından, gitarın en ücra notalarına indiği 10 dakikalık Holding Together ve Oliver Lake’in sanatını gösterdiği Machine Wing albümün en sıkı parçaları. Albümün en son şarkısı olan Ballad ise kısacık süresi içerisinde yavaş tempoda Oliver Lake’in kısa cümleleri ile neler yapabileceğini gösteren bir şarkı. Standartları seven caz dinleyicisinin uzak durması gereken bir albüm. Kulağı açık müzikseverlerin bayılacağına eminim.

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